Book Club Page

Snowden Overlook has two Book Clubs. Residents attend one or both, with no commitment; come join us when you can! Upcoming books and past selections listed below.

Evening Book Club meets on the first Wednesday of each month at 7pm at the Clubhouse

Coordinator:
Christie Kuhn
skippytwin@yahoo.com 
951-415-9409


Morning Book Club meets on the 4th Thursday of each month at 10am in the Clubhouse. 

Coordinator:
Barbara Maloney
barbaramaloney@comcast.net
443-519-8897

 

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[  j a n u a r y  ]

The Only Woman in the Room by Marie Benedict
The story of Hedy Lamarr: Actress, Spy, Inventor

Her beauty almost certainly saved her from the rising Nazi party and led to marriage with an Austrian arms dealer. Underestimated in everything else, she overheard the Third Reich’s plans while at her husband’s side and understood more than anyone would guess. She devised a plan to flee in disguise from their castle, and the whirlwind escape landed her in Hollywood. She became Hedy Lamarr, screen star. But she kept a secret more shocking than her heritage or her marriage: she was a scientist. And she had an idea that might help the country fight the Nazis and revolutionize modern communication…if anyone would listen to her. A powerful book based on the incredible true story of the glamour icon and scientist, The Only Woman in the Room is a masterpiece that celebrates the many women in science that history has overlooked.

 

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Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir

A lone Astronaut must save the Earth from disaster. Ryland Grace is the sole survivor on a desperate, last-chance mission—and if he fails, humanity and the earth itself will perish. Except that right now, he doesn’t know that. He can’t even remember his own name, let alone the nature of his assignment or how to complete it. All he knows is that he’s been asleep for a very, very long time. And he’s just been awakened to find himself millions of miles from home, with nothing but two corpses for company. His crewmates dead, his memories fuzzily returning, Ryland realizes that an impossible task now confronts him. Hurtling through space on this tiny ship, it’s up to him to puzzle out an impossible scientific mystery—and conquer an extinction-level threat to our species.

 

[  m a r c h ]

The Guncle by Steven Rowley

Gay Uncle Patrick loves his Niece and Nephew. Then tragedy strikes and he finds himself the primary Caregiver. Warm and Funny.

 

[  a p r i l  ]

Hello Beautiful by Ann Napolitano

Can love make a broken person whole again? An exquisite homage to Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women. A young man falls in love with a girl during college and his past threatens the bond between four sisters.

 

[  m a y  ]

The Alice Network by Kate Quinn

A historical novel about 2 women, spanning 30 years, between WW1 and 1947. One woman a spy during the War, the other an American Socialite searching for someone.

 

 

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[  j a n u a r y  ]

Hang the Moon by Jeannette Walls

From the #1 bestselling author of The Glass Castle, this instant New York Times bestseller is a “rip-roaring, action-packed” novel about an indomitable young woman in prohibition-era Virginia.  Heroine Sallie Kincaid is a character you are unlikely to forget.

 

[  f e b r u a r y  ]

The World Played Chess by Robert Dugoni

This novel is from critically acclaimed author of The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell. It is an inspirational coming of age story about a man who spends a lifetime getting to know himself, and is quite different in style from Dugoni’s typical work.

 

[  m a r c h  ]

Lady Tan’s Circle of Women by Lisa See

The latest historical novel from New York Times bestselling author Lisa See is inspired by the true story of a woman physician from 15th-century China.  It is a book about finding purpose and friendship.  It is also a “triumphant reimagining” of the life of a woman who was remarkable in the Ming dynasty and would be considered remarkable today.

 

[  a p r i l  ]

The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid by Bill Bryson

A warm and funny book about growing up in America in the 1950s by one of the world’s most beloved writers and New York Times best selling author of A Walk in the Woods.

 

[ m a y ]

Honor by Thrity Umrigar

A riveting novel by bestselling author Thrity Umrigar. Indian American journalist Smita has returned to India to cover a story, but reluctantly: long ago she and her family left the country with no intention of ever coming back. As she follows the case of Meena—a Hindu woman attacked by members of her own village and her family for marrying a Muslim man—Smita comes face to face with a society where tradition carries more weight than one’s own heart, and a story that threatens to unearth the painful secrets of Smita’s own past.

 

[  j u n e ]

Hello Beautiful by Ann Napolitano     

 A New York Times bestseller and winner of multiple awards, Hello Beautiful is an homage to Louisa May Alcott’s timeless classic, Little Women and is a profoundly moving portrait of what is possible when we choose to love someone not in spite of who they are, but because of it.

 

[  j u l y  ]

The Personal Librarian by Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray

Named a best book of the year by NPR and a Notable Book of the year by the Washington Post, The Personal Librarian tells the story of an extraordinary woman, Belle da Costa Greene, personal librarian to J.P. Morgan, and shares the lengths she must go to for the protection of her family and her legacy—to preserve her carefully crafted white identity in the racist world in which she lives.

 

[  a u g u s t  ]

Cider House Rules by John Irving  (a movie-book tie-in selection)  

An American classic first published in 1985 and adapted into an Academy Award-winning film directed by Lasse Hallstrom in 1999, The Cider House Rules is among John Irving’s most beloved novels. Set in rural Maine in the first half of the twentieth century, it tells the story of Dr. Wilbur Larch—saint and obstetrician, founder and director of the orphanage in the town of St. Cloud’s, ether addict and abortionist. It is also the story of Dr. Larch’s favorite orphan, Homer Wells, who is never adopted.

 

[  s e p t e m b e r  ]

The Covenant of Water by Abraham Verghese 

From the New York Times best selling author of Cutting For Stone comes a stunning epic of love, faith, and medicine, set in Kerala, South India. The novel follows three generations of a family seeking the answers to a strange secret. 

 

 

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